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We’re delighted to announce that the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) today announced our acquisition from UK-based Midcounties Co-operative. This puts us in a significant position to expand the adoption of the .coop domain amongst the 1.4 million cooperatives around the world.

The special announcement preceded the ICA "Extraordinary" General Assembly, held during the Co-operatives United World Festival and Expo in Manchester, UK to mark the close of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives.

Charles Gould, ICA's Director-General noted that "the acquisition would not have been possible without the generous contribution of Midcounties Co-operative, the largest independent co-operative in the UK, who invested heavily in the development of .coop ten years ago and who have now gifted their interest in to the ICA."

"The .coop domain is a strong online symbol for the cooperative movement.  The opportunity for coops to employ this joint identity on the Internet perfectly complements the ICA's efforts to raise awareness of coops into the Cooperative Decade."

While there are a number of registrars around the world, we are responsible for about 80% of the annual sales. We achieve this through a small network of regional partners, who are inside the co-operative family.  The .coop registry operator, which keeps track of the owner and server addresses of each .coop name, has also been incorporated as ICA Support Services Limited.

Our team is very excited about these changes and we look forward to working with the ICA to encourage cooperatives to showcase their strong values and principles by using the .coop domain for their website and emails.

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